Senior Seminar in Literature

Title

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Analyzing the Lives of Violet and Joe Trace within “Jazz”

Presenter Information

Rachel KiddFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

English Literature

Minor

Gender and Diversity Studies/ Political Science

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Carrie Jerrell

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

What is post-traumatic slave syndrome? Dr. Joy Degruy best describes PTSS as multigenerational trauma experienced by a particular population that continues to experience institutionalized racism within their current society. This presentation aims to closely analyze how PTSS is portrayed within the novel Jazz by Toni Morrison. This will be accomplished by examining aspects such as mental health, the impact of social movements, and how communities form as a result. Jazz is a compelling work set in 1926 Harlem and explores the challenging lives of Joe and Violet Trace. In order to properly evaluate their relationship, this presentation will utilize academic sources such as peer-reviewed articles while taking into account historical and social context. Concepts such as possession as a form of love will also be explored to further assess the depths of ways that PTSS has impacted the characters day to day lives. By the end of this presentation, readers will be able to comprehend the complexities of PTSS as well as engage in the literary aspects of Morrison’s work.

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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Analyzing the Lives of Violet and Joe Trace within “Jazz”

What is post-traumatic slave syndrome? Dr. Joy Degruy best describes PTSS as multigenerational trauma experienced by a particular population that continues to experience institutionalized racism within their current society. This presentation aims to closely analyze how PTSS is portrayed within the novel Jazz by Toni Morrison. This will be accomplished by examining aspects such as mental health, the impact of social movements, and how communities form as a result. Jazz is a compelling work set in 1926 Harlem and explores the challenging lives of Joe and Violet Trace. In order to properly evaluate their relationship, this presentation will utilize academic sources such as peer-reviewed articles while taking into account historical and social context. Concepts such as possession as a form of love will also be explored to further assess the depths of ways that PTSS has impacted the characters day to day lives. By the end of this presentation, readers will be able to comprehend the complexities of PTSS as well as engage in the literary aspects of Morrison’s work.